Advice on a iBook HD

CrackedButter

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Jan 15, 2003
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I have just put my iBook HD on ebay and realised I haven't actually formatted it! Also ebay doesn't make it easy to stop an auction, talk about a maze of options!

I have tons of personal info on the drive with regard to Credit Cards and various online accounts. No porn incase you're thinking. :)

I'm not yet prepared to bite the bullet and take apart my iBook again simply to format this drive, what is the next best way? I know about HD enclosures and about special IDE cables that will let you use laptop HD's in a desktop machine.

The best solution would be to bung it in a MacBook and use the startup disks to wipe it but I don't know anybody in my area who could offer me that service. Anybody think a regular PC shop could do it for me instead for a tiny fee?
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Mar 17, 2005
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Get a firewire cable, start it up in target disk mode, connect it to another mac and use the disk utility to format it, you can even make it do a complete secure erase, letting it format it like 7 times or something.

Actually, the installation disks should be able to do this too so no cable would be needed.
 

Warbrain

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Jun 28, 2004
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I would have to look at the ads in the back of one of my MacWorld magazines, but there's this amazing thing that is like a dock for hard drives that are out of their enclosures.
 

mad jew

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Most PC shops should be able to format it for you. Otherwise, see if you can get an enclosure form a friend or someone. You wouldn't need to borrow it for long. :)
 

Spanky Deluxe

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I'd suggest getting an external hard drive chassis or a usb hard drive adaptor. I got one from the Brando Workshop and its proved to be incredibly useful.